Confessions

Confession Times at the Cathedral

Monday – Friday

7:45 am, 11:45 am and 4:45 pm

Saturday

7:45 am, 11:45 am, 4 – 5 pm.

Come to me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Jesus is waiting for you in the Sacrament of mercy.

A Guide to Confession

OVERVIEW

Q. Why Confession? What happens as a result?
Christ’s love is shown in the fact that he seeks the lost and heals the sick. This is why he gave us this sacrament, to free us from sin and strengthen us in our spiritual weakness. (Note: It’s also often called Reconciliation or Penance). Among the incredible effects of Confession are reconciliation with God and the Church, restoration of sanctifying grace if lost through mortal sin, freedom, joy, a peaceful conscience, consolation, moral strength, and a fresh start. Going to Confession is like diving into the ocean of God’s mercy.
Q. We have Baptism which reconciles us with God, so why do we need Confession?
Baptism does free us from the power of sin and death and brings us into the new life of the children of God, but it doesn’t free us from human weakness and the inclination to sin. That’s why we need a place where
we can be reconciled with God over and over. That place is Confession.

Q. Where does the sacrament come from?
From the Lord himself. Jesus forgave sins in the power of the Holy Spirit, and he handed that power on to the apostles when he said to them on Easter Sunday: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they
are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:22- 23). This sacred power is handed down to their successors, the bishops, and the priests who assist them.

Q. Why do I need to confess to a priest?
Put simply, it’s God’s plan. The priest is the minister of the sacrament acting in the person of Christ. In fact, the confession of sins to a priest is the only ordinary way to have mortal sins forgiven after Baptism. Also, God knows how we can rationalize our sins away and sweep them under the rug. And so he wants us to tell our sins and to acknowledge them in a personal encounter. Know that we fall into the loving arms of our heavenly Father when we go to a priest and confess.

COMMON CONCERNS

Q. What if I’m embarrassed because I don’t know how to prepare, or what to do in Confession?
No problem—that’s the reason for this confession kit. If in doubt, feel free to ask the priest to guide you during Confession. He’s there to serve you.

Q. Won’t I shock the priest with what I say?
Remember that priests have heard thousands of confessions over the years, and there are really no new sins. It’s a great privilege for priests to hear confessions and be instruments of the Father’s mercy.

Q. Will the priest think badly of me afterwards?
No, quite the opposite. He’ll be inspired by your humility and courage, and likely won’t remember your sins anyway. And remember, priests have to go to Confession, too. Even the Pope has to confess his sins to
another priest.

Q. May a priest later repeat something he heard in Confession?
Under no circumstances. If a priest did tell any person–even the police–something he heard in the confessional, he would be excommunicated.

Q. I’ve done some really awful things. Will God forgive me?
“Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more” (Rom. 5:20). God’s mercy is greater than all our sins. Assuming you are truly sorry for what you’ve done and willing to make necessary changes, the answer is YES.
God longs for you to return to his merciful Heart.

EXAMINATION OF CONCIENCE

Recall your sins. Calmly ask yourself what you have done with full knowledge and full consent against God’s and the Church’s Commandments.

1. When was my last good Confession? Did I receive Communion or other sacraments in the state of mortal sin? Did I intentionally fail to confess some mortal sin in my previous Confession?

2. Did I seriously doubt my faith or put myself in danger of losing my faith through readings hostile to Catholic teachings or involvement in non-Catholic sects? Did I engage in superstitious practices: palm reading, fortune telling, etc.

3. Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse, or take a false oath?

4. Did I miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation through my own fault, without any serious reason? Did I keep fast and abstinence on the prescribed days?

5. Did I disobey my parents and lawful superiors in important matters?

6. Did I hate or quarrel with anyone, or desire revenge? Did I refuse to forgive? Did I hurt or cause to kill someone? Did I get drunk? Did I take illicit drugs? Did I, consent to, recommend, advise or actively take part in an abortion?

7. Did I willfully look at indecent pictures or watch immoral movies? Did I read immoral books or magazines? Did I engage in impure jokes or conversations? Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or feelings? Did I commit impure acts, alone or with others? Did I take contraceptive or abortifacient pills or use other artificial means in order to prevent conception?

8. Did I steal or damage another’s property? How much? Have I made reparation for the damages done? Have I been dishonest in my business relations?

9. Did I engage in superstitious practices: palm reading, fortune telling, etc.?

10. Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I curse, or take a false oath?

11. Did I miss Mass on Sundays or holy days of obligation through my own fault, without any serious reason? Did I keep fast and abstinence on the prescribed days?

12. Did I disobey my parents and lawful superiors in important matters?

13. Did I hate or quarrel with anyone, or desire revenge? Did I refuse to forgive? Did I hurt or cause to kill someone? Did I get drunk? Did I take illicit drugs? Did I, consent to, recommend, advise or actively take part in an abortion?

14. Did I willfully look at indecent pictures or watch immoral movies? Did I read immoral books or magazines? Did I engage in impure jokes or conversations? Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or feelings? Did I commit impure acts, alone or with others? Did I take contraceptive or abortifacient pills or use other artificial means in order to prevent conception?

15. Did I steal or damage another’s property? How much? Have I made reparation for the damages done? Have I been dishonest in my business relations?

16. Did I tell lies? Did I sin by calumny, or detraction telling the unknown grave faults of others without necessity; even if they are true? Did I judge others rashly in serious matters? Have I tried to make restitution for the bad reputation I caused?